Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatens to cut security ties with Israel and the US UU.
EL CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas He threatened Saturday to cut off security ties with Israel and the United States in a speech at a meeting of the Arab League in which he denounced the White House plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The US plan would grant Palestinians limited self-government in parts of the occupied West Bank, while allowing Israel to annex all its settlements there and keep almost all of the east. Jerusalem .
The summit of Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo, capital of Egypt, was requested by the Palestinians, who responded angrily to the US proposal.
Abbas said he told Israel and the United States that there will be no relations with them, including security ties after the deal that the Palestinians say greatly favors Israel.
The West-backed Palestinian leadership has been under increasing pressure from ordinary Palestinians and their rivals in the Hamas Islamic militant group to cut security ties with Israel and the United States or even dismantle the increasingly unpopular Palestinian Authority .
That would leave Israel responsible for the complicated and expensive task of providing basic services to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank.
The Palestinians have made such threats in the past, with few people taking them seriously. But this time it could be different, especially if Israel proceeds with the annexation of its settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians and the majority of the international community consider illegal, as well as the Jordan Valley, which represents approximately a quarter of the West Bank, according to the United States plan.
Abbas could also cut agreements with US intelligence agencies to combat extremism.
There were no immediate comments from US or Israeli officials about Abbas's statement.
The Palestinian leader said he refused to take the president of the United States. Donald Trump phone calls and messages because I know he would use that to say he consulted us.
"I will never accept this solution," Abbas said. "I will not have it recorded in my history that I have sold Jerusalem ."
He said the Palestinians remain committed to ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a state with its capital in east Jerusalem .
Abbas received a long applause from the Arab Foreign Ministers who attended after his speech.
Abbas said the Palestinians would not accept the United States as the sole mediator in any negotiations with Israel. He said they would go to the United Nations Security Council and other global and regional organizations to explain our position.
The head of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, said the proposal revealed a sharp turn in long-standing US foreign policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This turn does not help to achieve peace and a just solution, he said.
Aboul-Gheit said the Palestinians reject the proposal. He called on both sides, the Israelis and the Palestinians, to negotiate to reach a satisfactory solution for both.
President Trump unveiled the long-awaited proposal Tuesday in Washington. It would allow Israel to annex all its settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians and the majority of the international community consider illegal, as well as the Jordan Valley, which represents approximately a quarter of the West Bank.
In return, the Palestinians would be granted statehood in Gaza, scattered chunks of the West Bank and some neighborhoods on the outskirts of Jerusalem , all linked together by a new network of roads, bridges and tunnels. Israel would control the state's borders and airspace and maintain overall security authority. Critics of the plan say this would rob Palestinian statehood of any meaning.
The plan would abolish the right of return of the Palestinian refugees displaced by the 1948 war and their descendants, a key Palestinian demand. The entire agreement would depend on the Hamas rulers of Gaza and other armed groups disarming, something they have always flatly rejected.
Ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman attended Tuesday's presentation in Washington, as a sign of tacit support for the US initiative.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Arab states that are close allies of the United States, said they appreciated President Trump's efforts and called for new negotiations without commenting on the content of the plan.
Egypt urged a statement to Israelis and Palestinians to carefully study the plan. He said he favors a solution that restores all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people by establishing an independent and sovereign state in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Egyptian statement did not mention the long-held Arab demand of east Jerusalem as a capital to the future Palestinian state, as Cairo usually has its statements related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Jordan, meanwhile, warned against any Israeli "annexation of Palestinian lands" and reaffirmed its commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines, which would include all the West Bank and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem .
Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel.